Supportive Services

We have many specialists who can help you manage your symptoms and reduce the burden of side effects.

Whatever stage you are at in treatment, recovery or survivorship, our support care teams will design an integrated program with the primary goal of improving your quality of life. These teams draw from wide-ranging resources in supportive oncology, integrative oncology, pain management and palliative care.

Supportive Oncology

Supportive oncology helps you manage your symptoms and also provides support for the emotional and spiritual aspects of dealing with your diagnosis. Winship has several supportive oncology services that meet the needs of our cancer patients.

Our Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic delivers state of the art services that cover the full spectrum of cancer care from diagnosis to survivorship. Our team strives to reduce the physical and emotional suffering through comprehensive pain and symptom management and supportive counseling.

Benefits of supportive and palliative oncology:

  • Manage pain.
  • Manage symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, fatigue, and depression.
  • Provide counseling in making difficult medical decisions.
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support.
  • Coordinate home care referrals.
  • Help navigate the complex health care system.
  • Assist with advanced care planning regarding future care and treatment.
  • Provide resources, counseling, and referrals for evidence based integrative oncology community resources.

Our supportive oncology team is constantly evaluating new therapies to find the most effective ways to reduce the burden of cancer on your quality of life.

Ask your oncologist for a referral or for more information on the program, please call (404) 778-1900.

Pain Management Care

Depending on your cancer diagnosis, you may experience pain related to your cancer or your treatment. This pain may be mild, moderate or severe. It may be located in an organ, or an entire organ system. As a result, your pain management plan is unique.

The Emory Pain Management Center is prepared to work in collaboration with you and your medical oncologist to provide you with an individualized plan to meet your needs and to lessen your pain. We are now offering a clinic located on the 2nd floor of the Winship Cancer Institute. The center provides interventional cancer pain management which may include nerve blocks and neuromodulation therapy.

To request an appointment or a consultation, please ask your nurse or doctor for a referral or contact The Emory Pain Management Center by calling (404) 686-2410.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness, but it does not replace your primary care treatment. Palliative care focuses on all the ways a serious illness like cancer can affect patients and families.

Often confused with hospice care, palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness, whereas hospice care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of life or for those who prefer to discontinue treatment.

The Emory Palliative Care Center is a comprehensive program providing multidimensional collaboration through the unique services and expertise provided across Emory, its affiliates and community partners. The Palliative Care team coordinates closely with your health care team to prevent and ease suffering, and improve your quality of life. Discussing palliative care at the beginning of cancer treatment provides the maximum benefit.

You and your family may have many questions and concerns regarding treatment choices, side effects, emotional issues and more. We are here to help you through the entire process. For more information about palliative care at Emory, please ask your nurse or doctor for a referral or call (404) 778-7777. 

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Kimberly A. Curseen, MD

Kimberly A. Curseen, MD

Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services
Emory Healthcare

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.

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Debbie A. Gunter, RN, CMSN, MN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Debbie A. Gunter, RN, CMSN, MN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Emory Healthcare

With over thirty years of nursing experience in many different areas of practice, Ms. Gunter is part of the team responsible for providing palliative care expertise to hospitalized patients.

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Tammie E. Quest, MD

Tammie E. Quest, MD

Director, Emory Palliative Care Center
Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University

A nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting, Dr. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

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Vinita Singh, MD

Vinita Singh, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.

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Ali J. Zarrabi, MD

Ali J. Zarrabi, MD

Associate Director, Outpatient Supportive and Palliative Care
The Emory Clinic

Dr. Zarrabi provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for patients living with serious illness.

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